October 16, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.10.16 Episode #106

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 5:41 pm

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast podfeet.com @podfeet
Bart Busschots – www.bartb.ie impodcast.com @bbusschots
Don McAllister – www.screencastsonline.com
Katie Floyd – macpowerusers.com @katiefloyd
Chuck Joiner – macvoicesgroup.com  @chuckjoiner
John F. Braun – macgeekgab.com @johnfbraun
Siri – apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html

iPhone 4S

Who upgraded who didn’t and why?
Difference in AT&T Upgrade Elligability
Option to move to a different Carrier

  • Sprint offering some $125 credit to move (have to ask)
  • ETF less than subsidized price
  • Concerns about being out of cycle for iPhone 5 next year



  • Noticing very poor battery performance – need a few more recharge cycles? (Don)


iOS 5


  • Finding lots of nice tweaks everywhere
  • Has really slowed down my original iPad 🙁 – not QUITE as bad as iOS 4 on an iPhone 3G, but typing should NEVER be laggy! (Luckily it’s just for Bart)

Upgrade process – 10.7.2, iOS 5, iCloud, iTunes


  • Disappointed that the iWork suite wasn’t upgraded to take into account iCloud sync’ing. Expecting a huge release in the coming weeks with new versions of apps plus full iCloud support for Numbers, Pages and Keynote on the Mac
  • Took several hours to make move (servers swamped)
  • Lost 20,000 archived email messages in the proces
    • Apple recovered – then lost again
    • questionable support experience
    • MailSteward and Time Machine FTW!
  • With a few exceptions like Photo Stream, this seems to be all just Mobile Me 2.0, but with loads of features REMOVED!
  • I’m afraid to migrate to iCloud since I still have one machine on Snow Leopard.


  • Location reminders very cool – needs some setup in Contacts list
    • Can’t do location based reminders on an iPad or Exchange accounts
  • Very basic functionality
    • No ability to share reminders (household to do list)
    • No start/end times
    • Limited categories
    • Everything syncs to iCal


  • So cool!  If recipient is capable, input field will say iMessage, otherwise, Text Message.
  • Settings | Messages | Receive At shows phone and email messages can be received at, need to use email registered as Apple ID?
  • Settings | Messages | Send as SMS will send via SMS if iMessage fails, I had this happen once with person who was iMessage capable
  • I have no disabled MMS – this is so great for people who HATE those massive bills.
  • Superb for people living in Europe with all those little countries!


  • Love having photos show up in Aperture
  • No ability to selectively choose what syncs
  • No ability to remove individual photos from stream

Wireless sync

  • Settings | General | iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.  Says device must be connected to power, I found I could without power.
  • Only automatic sync needs power.
  • Problems with Podcasts – deleted off iPhone get re-synced with iTunes

Text Tones by person
Maps alternate routes
Split keyboard on iPad

  • Like new AE/AF lock feature, was able to take pic of neon theater sign at night that iOS 4 camera app would fail on.

New Apps – AirPort Utility, Trailers, Find Friends (requires iCloud), Cards
iCloud charging us $40 this year?




John – Rubbernet €30 macobserver.com/tmo/article/rubbernet_shows_whos_hogging_your_bandwidth/
Al – Jettison $2 – eject external drives & put Mac to sleep. credit to Allister Jenks of Sitting Duck Podcast for the find: Jettison : in the Mac App Store
Katie – MailSteward $20 : itunes.apple.com/us/app/mailstewardapp
Bart – iMapMyRide 1.59 Euro: itunes.apple.com (also a free version)
Chuck – AppleTV  amzn.to/nHCtAW
Don McAllister: Box.net – 50GB Free storage for iOS 5 users – themacscreencastguy.squarespace.com


October 4, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.10.4 Episode #105

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 5:39 pm

All about Apple’s October 4th iPhone event!

Your humble hosts for this episode:
Steve Stanger
stevestanger.com Twitter: @tmasteve
John F. Braun
macgeekgab.com/ Twitter: @johnfbraun, Twitter: @macgeekgab
Jonathan Cost
thinkmac.net Twitter: @MacTipsDaily
Chuck Joiner
macvoicesgroup.com Twitter: @chuckjoiner
Dave Hamilton
macobserver.com/ macgeekgab.com/ Twitter: @davehamilton
Jeff Gamet
mamacobserver.com Twitter: @jgamet
David Sparks
macsparky.com macpowerusers.comTwitter: @macsparky
Ken Ray
macosken.com Twitter: @macosken

This is the “print your own postcard” app mentioned during the show:
Bill Atkinson PhotoCard (paid version)
Bill Atkinson PhotoCard (free version)